A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase fishing tools.

Eng's story

Eng S. is 31 years old. She is married and lives with five children in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. Since 1995, she has been growing rice to make a living, and she earns roughly US $1.5 each day. She explains that planting rice is difficult because of poor weather conditions. She works very hard, but isn’t able to make a lot of money to support her family members, as she sometimes faces problems with availability of enough water for her rice plantation. She explained to a loan officer that even during the rainy season there is sometimes not enough water for her rice plants.

Inflation is another one of the main obstacles that all farmers face. With skyrocketing prices of agricultural products, such as fertilizer and rice seeds, many farmers cannot afford the tools of their trade, and it becomes harder to make a profit.

Eng’s husband, Seng Nat, is a fisherman. He has been catching fish since before they were married, and he earns about US $3.5 each day. He learned to fish by following his neighbors down to the river every day and learning the skill from them. This is how he acquired the knowledge to be a successful fisherman, and he then started his own business.

Mrs. Eng S. is requesting a loan from Kiva via the local partner CREDIT, to purchase more fishing tools for her husband. (Her husband, Seng, is pictured above in front of their home.)

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